To provide flexible and accessible quality educational programs while striving to maintain an attractive cost profile.
To intellectually challenge and stimulate students whilst offering high quality learning experiences that lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
To ensure the RB College graduates can begin a professional career and future advancement in the UK and abroad.
Provide excellent educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the community and help students meet economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Erasmus Policy statement (2014-2020)
Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
Internationalisation is defined to be one of the four strategic profiles at R.B College, UK. Our target is to internationalise our students and staff members as well as engage them in intensive project cooperation with our partner universities. Through internationalisation, RB College, aims to achieve the highest international standards in both teaching and in applied research. RB College, aims to enable its students to compete successfully in today’s global employment market.
.B College, aims to maintain high quality in teaching thereby attracting students from around the globe to enrol for one of our many courses. RB College, aims at being an equal opportunity provider, where diversity is encouraged and supported, and where equal academic treatment is embedded within its services. Each new incoming student will be registered in RB College, for their full period of study and can expect to be treated the same as existing students. Incoming students won’t be charged any tuition fees and the transcript of records are issued for all incoming students. Study/placement periods under the Erasmus framework and also in the partner universities outside of Europe receive full academic recognition.
RB College, are not only theoretically but also practically oriented and one of the main aims is to serve the needs of the local working life. There are several large international companies and the largest energy cluster in the whole UK. We listen carefully to the needs and objectives that local companies have for internationalisation and to the kind of future employee they will be hiring. It is closely considered what can be done separately and together to help the implementation.
RB College, is working towards ensuring they have a growing number of well-established Erasmus and other cooperation agreements. Our strategy does not focus on simply increasing the quantity of the agreements but to improve their quality of cooperation. When considering each new agreement, comparisons are made about: their curricula, the fields of study, and number of courses or modules provided in English or other foreign languages It is advantageous if one university can create and offer new possibilities and options for internationalisation, not only for mobility activities but also project cooperation, joint e-learning or double/joint-degree cooperation. The agreements are all evaluated in order to ensure it benefits both parties. Before existing agreements are renewed, a set of statistics are used to check and inform the content of the agreement. These include: students/teacher exchange, how effective is the mobility procedure, how fast the transcript of records and other documents are delivered. Student feedback is also taken into consideration as well as the feedback received from our departments.
From a geographical point of view, Europe and EU programs have had and will continue to have a significant role in our international strategy. Local working life strongly emphasises other parts of the world as well e.g. China and other Asian countries, Russia and South America. Thus we will not only concentrate in activities within Europe.
RB College, already has several successful partner universities around the world - especially in China and some in Russia and Southern America. In the near future we plan to create stronger networks in these areas.
RB College‘s objective is to increase the mobility of teachers as well as that of students in all of the cycles we provide (1st and 2nd cycle). RB College, is committed to offer male and female students and staff, as well as disabled students and staff, equal opportunities to participate in LLP or other international activities. Our aim is to either remove or at least decrease the obstacles which may prevent students and staff members from participating in mobility activities. Students are equally encouraged to participate either in studies or training abroad - whichever suits their needs and ambitions better.
RB College aims to participate in project cooperation with trusted partner universities within and outside of the EU. It is important that the objectives of these projects we participate in support also RB College`s overall strategy and targets. RB College, aims to have region’s working life ingrained with our projects and it will be advantageous if the project is characterised with part teaching and part student involvement.
PROGRAMME ON THE MODERNISATION AT VAMK
RB.College, offers all of its degree students (and staff members) the possibility of acquiring international experience. This can be realised by participating in a mobility period abroad e.g. study placement, alternative education placement or a visiting lecture. The welcoming of incoming exchange students and teachers, internationalisation at home enables those students who are unable to complete part of their studies abroad to gain alternative experiences. Our staff members understand cultural differences, they have good knowledge of other cultures, many have experience of working overseas and are fully knowledgeable of the different structures of higher education. Together, a modern, interesting and unique learning environment and atmosphere will be created for students studying at RB College.
Intensive staff mobility and cooperation between members from different universities across the globe allows us to seek for even deeper cooperation (intensive programs, curriculum development, project cooperation, joint modules and joint e-learning projects). RB College, is already successfully using the ECTS and Diploma Supplement.
We envisage that the impact of the European Union’s ’Modernisation and Internationalisation Agenda in Higher Education’ will be incorporated, at the RB College, into each of the five priority areas:
- Increasing attainment levels to meet the needs of both graduates and researchers across Europe
We believe that universities are not just for the privileged elite group and that a diverse student and staff body makes us stronger.
Our commitment to widening participation and inclusivity will be developed and supported through our outreach programmes and projects, our admissions policies and practice, and in our policy to provide targeted financial assistance to minimise barriers to entry, progression and mobility.
- Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
We have high aspirations for our graduates and we proactively deliver employment-related skills that will enable our graduates to meet these aspirations.
As providers of a broad-based portfolio of distance learning programmes, we will continue to develop and diversify our transnational education provision across all of our cycles. Our programmes, both distance learning and campus-based, will be innovative and will make use of new information and communications technologies to enrich teaching and enhance the student experience.
We will actively promote, to students and staff, the personal and professional development benefits of international mobility. We will highlight, to prospective employers, the transferable skills and competences typically associated with this experience, such as cross-cultural communication and language skills.
- Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border collaboration
We believe that we will improve and grow stronger by listening to, and learning from, others. Working with our partners in participating and non-participating countries, we will expand our knowledge and experience of other education systems and qualifications to facilitate admission, progression, recognition, exchange and co-operation in programme development.
We will seek to offer more diverse mobility opportunities to our staff and students. We will include mobility as an integral or optional element of an increasing number of study programmes.
- Making the knowledge triangle work
We will work in partnership with business and industry, including regional associations, to exploit our intellectual capital and create a highly-skilled workforce.
Working with industry enables us to translate research into innovations that shape our world, to tackle global challenges and help transform lives. We will develop our research collaboration with both private industry and the public sector, and we will seek to increase opportunities and integration of industrial experience into degree programmes.
- Improving governance and funding
As we continue to diversify our funding sources across the range of our activities, our priority will be re-investment into the academic mission and strategic vision of the RB College.